181 Sugar Workers to Lose Jobs

The sugar workers are currently employed at the company’s Bernard Lodge, Monymusk and Frome factories. 

President of the National Workers Union, Vincent Morrison, said the announcement of the redundancies was made by the Pan Caribbean management at a meeting in Kingston yesterday. 

He said he was informed that those to be laid off include 37 employees who were previously issued with redundancy letters. 

Morrison said while the final list has not been presented to the unions, the company claims there is insufficient work to sustain the current workforce. 

However, he said he was told workers could be rehired as the situation improves. 

Meanwhile, Morrison is calling for a stakeholders meeting to discuss what he says has been  a disappointing performance by the company since it took over the running of the factories in 2011. 

Agriculture minister roger Clarke has expressed alarm at the decision of Pan Caribbean to lay off workers at this time. 

According Clarke, while the company may be within its right to make such decisions, it would be contrary to the commitment given when the factories were privatized. 

Meanwhile, the agriculture minister has expressed concern about the future of sugar factories operated by the Pan Caribbean sugar company. 

Roger Clarke had a three hour meeting with the company’s officials in Kingston yesterday afternoon. 

He says the meeting was called to address the concern of cane farmers regarding Pan Caribbean’s performance since its 2011 acquisition of three of the country’s sugar factories. 

Reprinted from Gleaner 




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